Wright County Board Minutes

DECEMBER 30, 1997

The Wright County Board met in regular session at 9:00 A.M. with Russek, Rose, Mattson and Sawatzke present. Commissioner Jude was absent.

Motion to approve the minutes of 12-23-97 was made by Russek, second by Rose, carried 4-0.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Consent Agenda Item B2, "Authorize Hire, Patrick Atkins, Mechanic, Step 2, Effective 1-5-98" (Norman). Rose moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Sawatzke, carried unanimously.

Sawatzke removed Item Cl, "Adoption of the revised Maple Lake Land Use Plan" for discussion. On a motion by Rose, second by Russek, all voted to approve the remainder of the Consent Agenda as follows:


-Performance Appraisals: Dale Engel, D. Frost, E. Kloss, Assessor; A. Backes, R. Bonk, Highway; D. Evjen, Surveyor.

-O/T Report, Period Ending 12-12-97.


-Approve Partial Payment #3 ($18,476.07) to Bauerly Bros. Inc For Contract 9708 (French Lake Twp. Access Road Project).

-Authorize Hire, Patrick Atkins, Mechanic, Step 2, Effective 1-5-98.


-Approval of the establishment of a Planned Unit Development District (Investor's Together).


-Acknowledge appointment of Deputy Sheriff Dennis Compton to the position of Community Services Sergeant, Eff. 1-1-98.

ltem Cl, "Adoption of the revised Maple Lake Land Use Plan" was discussed. Sawatzke said he removed this item to make comments on the revisions. Although the direction had never been given to the Zoning Administrator to do so, he thought the ordinance should have come to the County Board before being referred to the Planning Commission. He read information compiled by John Shardlow of DSU, Inc. which outlined the purpose of Ag land preservation in Wright County and the major goal of the Land Use Plan. He felt that the information was relative to the changes in the Maple Lake Land Use Plan. The Plan proposes to change areas that are prime ag land to potential residential use. Mattson said one of the main topics discussed at the AMC Conference this month was to review how the County would look in seven generations. He was concerned with the loss of farmland and felt the original Land Use Plan was sufficient. He referenced problems which have occurred in Otsego and Frankfort Township due to the amount of housing, and problems Hennepin County farmers face with only being able to farm during certain hours. He did not feel he could vote for the proposed Plan. Rose said they have always tried to respect the Township authority. In this instance, she said there was no citizen input (on the Committee). She did not want to see second and third tier development around lakes due to the pressure it places upon the lakes. She felt that Maple Lake Township representatives should be invited to discuss the proposed Plan with the Board. She had strong concern with rezoning the proposed amount of ag land to residential.

Russek defended the efforts of the Planning Commission. He said the first time Maple Lake Township approached them with the Plan, it was recommended that the Plan be reviewed in relation to the pending Feedlot Ordinance. Subsequently, 900 acres was removed from the original Plan. Due to the Planning Commission's efforts in trying to back Township recommendations, the Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve the Plan. He suggested possibly having the Board review plans before they are sent to the Planning Commission. He recognized the efforts of the Zoning Administrator on the Plan, and said he would stand behind the Plan as that was the recommendation of the Planning Commission. He said that if any changes were made to the Plan, he wanted to wait until the full County Board could meet with the Township.

Sawatzke referenced Section 33 & Section 34 which lie North of Maple Lake and South of CR #37. He thought there were eight active farms in this area, and felt three or four of them were sizeable farms. The proposed Plan would designate them as a Residential Large Lot. Using the Plan and the proposed Feedlot Ordinance, he questioned whether these farmers would be prohibited from expansion. Russek responded that is why the Plan was referred back to Maple Lake Township, to review the effects of the proposed Feedlot Ordinance. Sawatzke also referenced Sections 35, 36, 25 & 26. He was concerned with their proximity to the Solid Waste Zone and the Compost Facility. This area would be a 600-acre residential area which would lie five miles from town. He felt that he could not support the Plan as a whole, and that revisions would need to be made before he would support it.

Bill Ebnet said a lot of research had been done and several meetings had been held at the Maple Lake Township Hall. He said the lands pulled out of the last proposal were represented by farmers within that area. He felt that many farmers representing the remaining areas were unable to be reached to attend the meetings. He referenced Sections 10 & 11, and said he felt that many owners did not understand that the area was being rezoned from Ag to Residential. He also referenced the area North of Maple Lake where the airport is located. This area is zoned Large Lot Development and he said noise is a factor. He felt many opposed the total concept of the Plan. Russek responded that the Plan makes the area eligible for rezoning and that it is not automatically rezoned.

Tom Salkowski, Zoning Administrator, said the City and Townships met and the City presented a map of what they wanted to see as the major growth area. He reiterated that Town Board meetings were held and notice was published of the public meetings. He thought the issue should be laid over if any action is taken other than that recommended by the Planning Commission. Rose moved to lay this item over for the opportunity to speak with Maple Lake Township at a meeting. Motion seconded by Sawatzke. Sawatzke commented that the Planning Commission gets placed in a bad position due to the Plan not coming to the County Board first. The Planning Commission is there to interpret the Plan, not to write it. He felt a formalized procedure should be established dealing with changes to plans. Russek said although he is a strong advocate of protecting land, he did not want to dictate to the Cities and Townships what to do with land. Sawatzke agreed that feedback from entities was important, but the ultimate decision is that of the County Board. Motion carried 4-0.

At 9:35 A.M., Darla Groshens, Auditor/Treasurer, requested approval of year-end temporary fund transfers. As of the first of the year, the funds are transferred back. On a motion by Russek, second by Rose, all voted to approve the request for transfer of year-end temporary transfers as follows:

Clearwater River Watershed District $19,494.58

Civil Defense (Nuclear Fund) $3,706.52

Lake Charlotte Lake Improvement District $86,408.97

At the last County Board meeting, bids were opened for the 1998 Legal Newspaper. Bids were as follows: Howard Lake Herald, $0.104651; Annandale Advocate, $0.143707; and Maple Lake Messenger, $0.169217. On a motion by Sawatzke, second by Rose, all voted to approve the Howard Lake Herald as the 1998 Legal Newspaper, and the Annandale Advocate as the second newspaper.

Russek moved to approve the claims as listed in the abstract subject to audit, seconded by Sawatzke. Mattson referred to a claim on page 12, Facility Systems Inc., $5,115.57. Groshens said this was for furniture for the Assistant Jail Administrator and Programmer Offices. Motion carried unanimously.

A Building Committee Of The Whole meeting was held on 12-23-97. At today's meeting, Norman summarized the minutes. It was estimated that construction documents are 40-50% complete. Buetow & Associates continue to work with MIS and Human Services on the needs of the Pamida Building. The Committee reviewed the Post-Design Development Phase Progress Report, including an estimated $300,000 cost for furniture and equipment. An inventory will be taken on moving units versus purchasing them. The Committee discussed the need for a sprinkler system at the Public Works Building, along with a metal roof. Shingles may be bid as an alternate. Conference and training rooms were discussed, as well as the adequacy of the ventilation. Scott Builders will work with Buetow L Associates on specifications, and a pre-bid conference will be held prior to the bid package actually being placed on the market. Security issues for the Pamida Building were discussed. Scott Builders and Buetow will present a recommendation on the heating system at the Pamida Building. Committee recommendation was to accept the bid from Legend Technical Services ($2,940) for an asbestos survey at the Public Works and Pamida Buildings. After receiving bids for snow removal at the Pamida Building, it was decided that the Highway Department should maintain the lot for limited access. The contract with Scott Builders was discussed, and the Attorney's Office is preparing the document which will be presented to the Board for approval. A correction was made to page 2 of the minutes, 2nd paragraph, last sentence should read, "The County will purchase the building permit, not the contractor." On a motion by Russek, second by Rose, all voted to approve the minutes as corrected.

A Personnel Committee meeting was held on 12-24-97:

Performance Appraisal - Doug Gruber, Assessor. Based on the review of four appraisals, the Committee recommends an overall rating of "Exceptional."

At today's meeting, Sawatzke moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Russek, carried unanimously.

A request was received from the City of St. Michael to have the County administrate requests for the temporary placement of mobile homes for the purpose of providing home care to the frail, elderly or disabled. The St. Michael Council felt the Wright County Supportive Care to Frail Elderly or Disabled Ordinance would meet their needs. Brian Asleson, Assistant County Attorney, indicated that St. Michael should possibly adopt a similar ordinance. The administration of the ordinance would be another matter. Rose moved to send the issue to the next Ways & Means Committee Meeting to discuss the issue with the City of St. Michael. Motion carried 4-0 on a second by Russek.

Mattson was commended and thanked for his efforts as the 1997 Chair of the County Board in what proved to be a busy year. Rotation of the Board Chair will occur at the next County Board meeting.

Bills Approved

Robert Adams 160.00

Aladdin Synergetecs 458.71

Earl Andersen Inc 8033.20

AT&T 1174.60

Automatic Garage Door Co 111.79

Bauerly Brothers Companies 18476.07

Christopher Boeckers 199.50

Brock White Co LLC 926.55

City Buffalo 157.79

Cadd Engineering Supply 6607.50

Catholic Charities 4921.60

Central McGowan, Inc 122.09

Collins Communications 1562.50

Dell Comm Inc 902.50

Ralph Douglas 238.75

EPA Audio Visual Inc 783.14

Facility Systems Inc 6042.42

Garys Auto Service 106.50

GE Capital Info Tech Solutions 2739.66

W Grainger Inc 133.61

Harkers 285.25

Interstate Battery System 343.73

Kieger Enterprises Inc 8245.16

Lake Region Coop Oil 7667.06

Loberg Plumbing & Htg Co 2552.75

Marks Standard Parts 4614.51

Masys Corporation 2181.96

McLeod County Auditor 116.68

Midwest Sign & Screen 2667.19

Minnesota State Bar Assn 155.00

MN Assn of Assessing Officers 390.00

MN Deputy Registrar Assoc 250.00

Dennis Moeller 211.91

National Propane Corp 526.59

Northern States Power Co 202.58

City Otsego 600.00

PC&A 276.32

Red Line Health Care 434.26

Sharp Electronics 1493.84

SRF Consulting Group Inc 1642.50

Streichers 270.27

Sysco Food Services of MN 2863.27

Thermo Dyne Inc 1511.38

Total Printing 487.03

Twin Cities Mack Sales & Srvcs 108.94

University of Minnesota 135.00

West Sherburne Tribune 177.00

Westwind Publishing 300.00

Wright Hennepin Electric 5441.31

Airtouch Cellular 314.37

Alliant Foodservice 3121.49

Appert Foods 2151.83

AT&T Wireless Services 292.91

George Bakeberg 269.44

Lawrence Bauman 235.03

Braun Intertec 869.05

Buffalo Hospital 317.35

Buttweilers Do All 342.25

Catco Parts Service 671.37

Central Lock & Safe 322.62

Central Tractor Farm & Ctry In 142.06

Data Source Hagen 1200.00

Randal Desmarais 117.30

Dale Engel 213.09

EPA Audio Visual Inc 1590.55

Federated Propane 238.82

Gateway 2000 1690.16

GME Consultants Inc 1472.00

Gregorys Foods Inc 107.83

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 162.18

JR's Appliance Disposal Inc 104.00

Greg Kramber 120.40

Lakedale Telephone Co 126.84

Marco Business Products 3586.50

Marshall & Swift 193.95

Tom McAlpine 103.04

Mid-America Business Systems 747.31

Minnesota Copy Systems 177.74

Mississippi Corridor Cluster Ac 500.00

MN Counties Computer Co-op 11239.67

MN Sheriffs Assn 106.50

national Business Furniture 110.95

Richard Norman 179.65

Office Depot 1381.96

Otto Associates 0152.50

Dave Peterson Monticello Ford 256.20

Royal Tire-St Cloud 2087.11

Sprint Local Telecommunication 158.14

State Supply Co 138.63

Duane Swenson 100.75

Terminal Supply Co 231.38

Tires Plus 128.37

Trueman Welters, Inc 2138.24

Uniforms Unlimited, Inc 153.07

R Vegemast Engineering Inc 1520.75

Western Gas Utilities 580.32

Wright County Highway Dept 13321.63

Keith Wurm Construction 468.00

31 payments less than $100 1,598.61

Final Total $158,463.88

The meeting adjourned at 9:52 A.M.

Dick Mattson, Chairperson

ATTEST: Richard W. Norman, County Coordinator

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